Free and open to the public.
Join us for the 10th Annual NOMMO African American Author Series, featuring poet Kevin Young and host Alexs Pate at Cowles Auditorium. The evening will include readings, a discussion between Young and Pate, and time for questions from the audience.
This event is sponsored by the Givens Foundation for African American Literature, the University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity, and the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries.
About Kevin Young
Kevin Young is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation, one who finds meaning and inspiration in African American music, particularly the blues, and in the bittersweet history of Black America.
His many books of poetry include “Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels,” “Dear Darkness,” and “For the Confederate Dead.” “Black Maria: Poems Produced and Directed by Kevin Young” is a ‘film noir in verse,’ a playful homage to the language and imagery of Hollywood detective films.
Young was a 1993 National Poetry Series winner for “Most Way Home,” which also received the John C. Zacharis First Book Award of Ploughshares magazine. Other collections include “To Repel Ghosts: Five Sides in B Minor” and “Jelly Roll: A Blues.” Young is also the author of a non-fiction book, “The Grey Album,” winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the PEN Open Book Award.
About Alexs Pate
Alexs Pate is the author of five novels, including “Amistad: The Novel,” “Losing Absalom,” “Finding Makeba,” and “The Multicultiboho Sideshow.” He is also the author of “In the Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap.”
Two years ago, Alexs founded Innocent Technologies LLC, a company devoted to addressing inequities through stronger relationships. You can learn more about this work at innocentclassroom.com.
Alexs is curator of the Givens Foundation’s NOMMO author’s series and teaches creative writing at the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.
Photo: Todd Martens